22 Jun Board-certified plastic surgeons have taken action
BY Dr Terrence Scamp.
The world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons has taken action, warning and encouraging patients to thoroughly investigate their doctor’s qualifications before undergoing plastic surgery procedures.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has launched a new public safety campaign on the heels of a string of incidents involving plastic surgeries gone wrong during procedures performed by non-board-certified plastic surgeons.
“Patients are getting injured, some are dying during procedures performed by non-board-certified plastic surgeons,” said Malcolm Z. Roth, MD, ASPS President. “We want patients to understand what to ask their doctor and what to look for so that they can maximize their chance of a safe and successful procedure.”
Leaders within the plastic surgery industry call this type of practice ‘white coat deception’ – the meaning? Just because a doctor is wearing a white coat, does not mean he or she is qualified to perform plastic surgery. Sure, they may be a doctor, but are they a plastic surgeon?
“There is a misconception among consumers that as long as a doctor is certified in a medical field that he or she is qualified to practice plastic surgery. This is absolutely wrong and it is dangerous for patients,” said Dr. Roth.
If you are considering plastic surgery, it is imperative that you research your surgeon. The best way to be certain if a doctor has completed the necessary training is to check whether they are a member of The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
www.plasticsurgery.org.au/ Info Line 1300 367 446
You need to look at credentials carefully!
Eg: Dr Terrence Scamp
MB BS = basic medical degree
FRACS (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) – Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and most importantly in the division of plastic surgery.
ASAPS (Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) & ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons)– Member
Almost All qualified plastic surgeons belong to one of these and most to both; only open to qualified plastic surgeons.
Corresponding Member ASAPS(American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
Many Australian plastic surgeons belong to the American societies as well as we attend many of their excellent educational meetings and correspond with the experts.
Member ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)
This Society unites qualified plastic surgeons in all countries and runs annual meetings and teaching courses.
Member ASLMS – American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
Those of us with a strong interest in laser often join this society which sends regular newsletters plus a journal and runs annual meetings.